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Monday, 5 November 2012

Travel: Penang Butterfly Farm

The Penang Butterfly Farm founded in 1986 is the house of a variety of butterfly species in Malaysia. These small but colorful insects definitely add beauty to the panorama landscape of our country and one can see this beauty exhibited here.

On my mission to fulfill the duty of an aunt... hubby and I brought my eldest niece, Joween, on a day trip to Penang island. Penang Butterfly Farm was one of the places we went. The funny thing was both Joween and myself are afraid of butterflies!!! Hahahaha... I guess she inherited my fear to almost all moving things :p... As the butterflies fluttered and bumbled haphazardly through the air, we just kept close to each other and as far away from the insect as possible! Don't ask me why we chose to be there in the first place... :p...

Adam was just overwhelmed with the number of butterflies there and took lots of pictures which now I can share on my blog :)... I will start with the picture of the most famous of all Malaysian butterflies, Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana), our national butterfly :) It has beautiful distinctive black and electric-green wings.















Butterfly belongs to the distinctive order Lepidoptera. Their life-cycle comprises of egg(ovum), caterpillar(larva),  pupa(chrysalis) and adult(imago). Here is a picture of pupae...















The few pictures that follow are of Paper Kite / Rice Paper (Idea leauconoe), the commonly sighted butterfly here.




























































A Paper Kite butterfly landed on Adam's fingers :)





















This is a Yellow Glassy Tiger (Parantica aspasia).















The following two pictures are of The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)






























Common Sailor Butterfly (Neptis hylas).















Red Lacewing (Cethosia biblis), a species native to South East Asia, found mainly in Malaysia.  A pair coupling.






















New Lacewing (Cethosia cyane).





















The female Great Egg Fly (Hypolimnas bolina). Too bad we did not manage to capture a picture of the male to show the difference...





















Lovely landscape at the Penang Butterfly Farm.





















We spotted some carnivorous pitcher plants or "Periuk Kera" too...






























Millipedes...















and some reptiles too... Doria's Anglehead (Gonocephalus doriae)...





















and Butterfly Agama (Leiolepis sp.)...















The happy three on a swing :)...











Visiting Hours: Monday-Sunday (including public holidays) 9am-6pm
Admission Fee: Adult RM27 (MYKAD holder RM18)
                        Children 4-12years old RM15 (MYKID holder RM10)

Location: Penang Butterfly Farm, No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia

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